We are both so excited and ready to make a child our top priority. We love children and both have always dreamed about becoming fathers and devoting our lives to raising a child. To us, raising a family means providing constant love and support. We will give the basics of structure and routine while making sure we set aside time for plenty of creativity and fun. We will surround our child with strength, communication, warmth, care, and positive attention. We will tell our child how much we love him or her and how we are proud of them. Sitting down and having family meals together is vital to both of us. Family dinners help to facilitate a way to express our thoughts and feelings openly. After family dinner and once our child is ready for bed will come one of the traditions we’re most excited about partaking in daily, pre-bed reading time; it’s something that our siblings do with their children, and we can’t wait to share it with our son or daughter. He or she will get to pick out a few books from the shelf to read before bed. We will sit with him or her reading through the books before his or her nightly slumber. We both have a love for reading and a long list of our favorite children’s books we can’t wait to share with our child.
We purchased our current home in June of 2019, and we could not love it more. We spent a few years living in our first home and decided we missed the sense of community and history that comes with living in a smaller Upper West Side neighborhood. A few neighbors have been living in the neighborhood for well over thirty years. They have some great stories about how the neighborhood has changed. There is a beautiful church spire that you can see outside the kitchen window when seated at the breakfast nook. It’s spacious overall and has so much character. There is a living room, dining area, and seating space with room to watch television and movies.
We are most excited about getting to start decorating the baby’s nursery. We can already picture reading to your child in the rocking chair we’ll position between the crib and the large window.
Joe is amazing with children and is one of the kindest and most genuine guys I’ve ever known. He doesn’t have a sarcastic bone in his body and means everything he says. In addition to his large extended family, he has an even more extensive network of friends he treats like family. Ever since I met him over a decade ago, I knew that his unique combination of honesty, empathy, and earnestness would make for a terrific father. He’s also one of the most determined people I’ve ever met. When I first met him, he had never run a race in his life. My sisters and I convinced him to join the New Year’s Midnight run in Central Park. While it’s a challenging course for a first race, I could see how much he enjoyed it, and shortly after, he set out to run the New York Marathon, a feat I couldn’t dream of completing. He not only did it but loved the race so much he ended up running many more marathons all over the country, in addition to completing the New York City marathon a second time. It’s pretty rare to find someone who has both grit and determination alongside such a calming presence. Falling in love with Joe was one of the easiest things I’ve done. Everyone that meets him adores his kindness and curiosity. My siblings will sometimes remark that they can’t remember a time when he wasn't a member of the family.
Bruce loves children and is a bright, responsible, and caring man. He is a great listener, very organized, and always has a clear sense of direction. Bruce enjoys watching movies, listening to podcasts, and exercising. Bruce has a close-knit relationship with his family, and I admire that he loves talking to his four sisters every week. I know Bruce will make a great father by the way he interacts with all of our nieces and nephews (eight in total!). I can’t wait to watch Bruce delve into fatherhood and for us to start traditions and routines of our own as a family of three.